Anterior cingulate cortex activity may represent a neurobiological risk for alcohol dependence

Monday, March 1, 2010 - 18:42 in Psychology & Sociology

Previous research has found that activation of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is associated with risk factors for alcohol use disorders - such as low alcohol effects and positive alcohol expectations - among adolescents. This study used a spatial working-memory task to examine ACC activity among adults, finding that alcohol-dependent (AD) participants had a greater activation of the dorsal ACC (dACC) when compared to light and heavy social drinkers.

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